As a city-state that imports more than 90 percent of its food supply, Singapore must be resilient in the face of external shocks. To fortify its food security, policymakers hope to drive consumption of locally-grown products to 30% by 2030. Yet without sufficient market for locally-grown food, Singapore may struggle to reach that goal. Research conducted by Ms. Erin Sweeney during her Fulbright fellowship sought to understand the drivers of consumer demand for locally-grown food. During Erin’s session, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the drivers (and barriers) to purchasing locally-grown food in Singapore and will hear potential opportunities for food and farm-related policymaking based on the results of her research.
About the Speaker
Erin Sweeney is the US Fulbright “Urban Planning & Sustainable Design” scholar in Singapore through July 2019. Erin is trained as an urban planner, and her research focuses on food supply chains (systems) from field to fork. Her current research, titled “Designing Policy Frameworks for a Resilient City Food System: the Role of Consumer Demand for Local Food in Singapore” explores the relationship between consumer demand for locally-grown eggs, fish and leafy greens and related public initiatives and policies in Singapore. The results of her research will offer future considerations related to local food marketing and consumer engagement on topics of local food production for food security. She has expertise in US-based and international food systems planning at city and regional levels. Most recently, Erin co-authored the forthcoming UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report that offers guidance to local governments for forming systems-focused food policies.
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